Mother of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Exclusive Interview

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MEET THE PRESS -- Pictured: (l-r) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic Nominee for New York's 14th Congressional District, appears on "Meet the Press" in Washington, D.C., Sunday, July 1, 2018. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)

According to, Mrs Blanca Ocasio-Cortez, the woman who inspired U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to take up the fight for the ‘little guy,’ says she always knew her daughter would make something of herself.

She knew even before the birth, 29 years ago, of the New York Democrat who has driven the right crazy since her surprise congressional win last year.

‘Her dad and I were preparing for Alexandria’s birth and still picking names,’ the 56-year-old mom of two said in an exclusive interview with ‘And he came up with ”Alexandria.” I thought about it for a while and I said: ”Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. That sounds very powerful. That’ll be her name.”’

Mrs Blanca Ocasio-Cortez – or BOC as her signature reads – is still settling down in Eustis, Florida, a small city in the far suburbs of Orlando.

‘I lived in the New York area for most of my life but I started being unable to afford it,’ Blanca said in the living-room of her modest but tidy Florida house.

‘After my husband (Sergio Ocasio) died (of lung cancer in 2008), the family went through tough times. Alexandria was in college, but I still had her little brother (Gabriel Ocasio-Cortez, 26, a real estate agent) who needed to be put through school.’

With small business-owner dad Sergio around, Blanca said, the family enjoyed a middle-class lifestyle. Shortly after AOC’s birth, the family was able to leave their one-bedroom condo in The Bronx for a small single-family house with a yard in nearby Yorktown Heights.

The mother-of-two said the couple took a mortgage and received help from other family members who pooled some of their resources.

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